A KwaZulu-Natal woman who defrauded SARS of approximately R 4 million, was handed down an effective seven-year jail sentence in the Durban Regional Court last Thursday

Ms Saraspathie Vallee (47) of Chatsworth, as sole proprietor of the closed corporation Gutterpride Trading, pleaded guilty to Value Added Tax fraud and contraventions of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

Using SARS’ eFiling service, she claimed a VAT refund to the value of R3 972 814 on behalf of Gutterpride for a single tax period in 2014 and SARS was supplied with falsified supporting documents to substantiate the claim. SARS reduced the refund and after outstanding taxes were liquidated an amount of R2 484 683.75 was refunded to the entity.

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